The UK High School Student Research program is designed to support the introduction of high school students to the excitement of research and discovery and to encourage the future enrollment of outstanding students at the University of Kentucky.
Effective September 2019, there is no longer a formal high school program that requires an application.
Historically, students from various central Kentucky high schools have worked with UK faculty on a wide variety of research projects.
Today, high school students from across the state work on research projects under the direct supervision of UK faculty mentors. Sometimes this is done for academic credit at the high-school level, and sometimes it is initiated by the student as an extracurricular activity.
We hope to attract such outstanding students to the University of Kentucky as undergraduates and hopefully, in future years, as graduate or professional students.
Per the University of Kentucky's Division of Environmental Health & Safety's MINORS IN RESEARCH LABORATORIES OR ANIMAL FACILITIES PROGRAM
This policy covers minors, persons under the age of 18 whether student, employee, or volunteer, conducting research in all UK research laboratories, greenhouses, animal facilities, animal procedure rooms, animal housing areas, clinical laboratories and field work activities.
Minors under the age of 14 are NOT PERMITTED inside of any research laboratory, greenhouse, or animal facility at the University of Kentucky unless it is for UK sponsored programs which are designed for youth under the age of 14 and which have documented training and safety policies.
*Visiting minors, not previously approved as part of a UK program, tour, or science fair, are NOT ALLOWED in any UK research laboratory, greenhouse, or animal facility for any reason.*
Environmental Health and Safety is committed to helping young researchers understand the risks involved with working in research laboratories or animal facilities and how those risks can be minimized. The Minors In Research Laboratories or Animal Facilities Policy was developed to document the risk assessment decision logic for each proposed project. The risk assessment also provides researchers information on controls and training that are required when certain hazards are present.
Please read the instructions document
Complete the Minors in Research Project Registration form
Submit the completed Minors in Research Project Registration form online here
Minors working in research laboratories or animal facilities must complete EH&S training modules online prior to beginning laboratory work. All UK EH&S training modules are available online here. A UK Linkblue ID account is required to complete UK EH&S online training modules.
Fill out the Project Risk Assessment
The risk assessment and the project form will be reviewed by EHS and an approval letter will be sent to the Principal investigator once the review is complete. If you have any questions about this process of laboratory safety at UK, please contact Delena (Dee) Mazzetti, Biological Safety Officer.
Individuals volunteering in research at UK HealthCare for personal experience or as required for academic credit shall be “onboarded” through the department of Observation and Learning Experience (OLE). In support of our commitment to career development, education and training of health care professionals, UK HealthCare provides individuals with observations and learning experiences in various clinical areas and business professional departments. Multiple learning opportunities are provided by UK HealthCare and onboarded by the office of Observation and Learning Experience (OLE).
Review additional information and submit an Onboarding Request Form via the Observation and Learning Experience website.
For more information, please contact OLErequests@uky.edu
Observation and Learning Experience
UK Good Samaritan Hospital
310 S. Limestone, Suite B111
Lexington KY 40508
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The main entrance of Good Samaritan Hospital is located on the ground floor. Go to the first floor and follow signs to vending. Our office is located in Suite B111 next to vending.
In addition to the UK Division of Environmental Health & Safety and UK Occupational Health & Safety requirements, the UK College of Arts and Sciences has additional requirements for minors in the labs.
UK Transportation Services is able to provide high school students with access to campus, in the same manner, we do our traditional students. This includes a variety of parking options. For more information on permits, parking areas, and transportation services, visit UK Transportation Services’ website.
View High School Parking Permit Information (updated Sept. 2019)
Share your research! High school students are also eligible to present their faculty-mentored research at the annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars typically held the last Wednesday in April in the Gatton Student Center Ballrooms.
Presenting your research provides you with an important opportunity to share your findings and results with other students and faculty and gain valuable feedback on your work, as well as practice your public speaking skills.